I am interested in how learning from/with others has contributed to delivering cultural knowledge and skills to younger generations. I use an experimental method adapted from cognitive psychology and focus on the interaction between experts and novices in musical skill acquisition. I am currently working on how expert pianists modulate their performance to teach musical expressive techniques and how such modulations could be percieved by learners. I also use qualitative methods to complement my experimental work and have an experience in conducting and analysing inteview data.
09/2017 – Present
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY, Austria/Hungary
PhD student in Cognitive Science
10/2021 – 12/2021
DURHAM UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
Visiting student in Music (Ethnomusicology)
09/2016 – 08/2017
UNIVERSITY OF YORK, United Kingdom
Master of Research in Psychology
04/2009 – 03/2013
KYOTO UNIVERSITY, Japan
Bachelor of Education (Psychology)
July 2014 - March 2016
Keibunsha Ichijoji Bookstore, Japan
June 2013 – June 2014
Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan
Tominaga, A., Knoblich, G. & Sebanz, N. (2022). Expert pianists make specific exaggerations for teaching. Scientific Reports, 12, 21296.
Scott-Phillips, T., Tominaga, A., & Miton, H. (2021). Ecological and psychological factors in the cultural evolution of music. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 44.
Ueda, Y., Tominaga, A., Kajimura, S., & Nomura, M. (2016). Spontaneous eye blinks during creative task correlate with divergent processing. Psychological research, 80(4), 652-659.